Olivier Award Winning West End Hit Comedy


by Moira Buffini

Directed by Kim Strassburger

October 19 – November 17
Opening Night: October 25, 2019
Previews: 10/19 and 10/20 @ 2pm, 10/24 @ 7:30pm

Thur @ 7:30pm,
Fri & Sat @8pm
& Sun @2pm.

About the Play

Step through the palace doors and into the ring with the Queen and the Iron Lady. Liz and Maggie. Born 6 months apart, Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher were from two different worlds. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? FOUR of San Diego’s favorite leading ladies play Britain’s two icons in this award-winning comedy of mythic proportions. From London to DC, DC to New York and now in its West Coast Premiere at MOXIE, don’t miss the show that has critics from both sides of the pond raving.

★★★★★ “Theatrical heaven… simply smashing” — DC Theatre Scene 
★★★★★ “Magnificent” — Sunday Telegraph
“If you’ve been feasting on ‘The Crown,’ Moira Buffini’s delectable ‘Handbagged’ will skip you ahead to the Thatcher years.” — Washington Post

Linda Libby as Margaret Thatcher and Sandy Campbell as Queen Elizabeth II.

About the Playwright

Moira Buffini  was born in Cheshire to Irish parents, and attended Northwich County Grammar School for Girls. She studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, London University (1983–86). She subsequently trained as an actor at the Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Moira Buffini’s plays include Blavatsky’s Tower (Machine Room), Gabriel (Soho Theatre), Silence (Birmingham Rep), Loveplay (Royal Shakespeare Company), Dinner (National Theatre and West End), Dying for It, adapted from The Suicide by Nikolai Erdman (Almeida), A Vampire Story (NT Connections), Marianne Dreams (Almeida Theatre) and Welcome to Thebes (National Theatre). She lives in London with her husband and children.

Special Performance Dates:

Friday, Oct. 25 2019 @ 8pm – Opening Night: HANDBAGGED
Join MOXIE for the Opening Night performance. Afterward, attend a post-show party to celebrate with the cast, enjoy libations catered by Garden Kitchen, and mingle with MOXIE VIPs.
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Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 @8pm  Brigade Night: HANDBAGGED
Join MOXIE and the powerful group of lesbian community leaders, The Bechdel Brigade, which advocates for MOXIE’s mission to create more diverse and honest images of women for our culture, for a pre-show reception with the director, and enjoy catered libations from Event Sponsor, The Wild Thyme Company.  Learn more about The Bechdel Brigade.
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Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019 @ 2pm  Second Sunday Q & A
Join the actors from HANDBAGGED for a post-show discussion to learn more about the play and enrich your theatre-going experience.
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Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019 @ 10am  Senior/Student Matinee
Join the actors from HANDBAGGED for a post-show discussion to learn more about the play and enrich your theatre-going experience.
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Ticket Pricing*:

Previews | $23-28 (October 19-24, 2019)
Opening Night | $43-48 (October 25)
General Admission | $33-41 (October 26 – November 17)
Senior/Student Matinee | $15

Group Rates and Discounts:
Groups of 10 or more | 25% off per ticket
Groups of 15 or more | 35% off per ticket

*Please note that pricing is subject to change according to availability. Please call the Box Office (858) 598-7620 for specific pricing.

Location: MOXIE Theatre

6663 El Cajon Blvd Suite N
San Diego CA 92115

Make a Dinner Reservation

MOXIE recommends Garden Kitchen. Make your reservation online or by calling 619-431-5755.